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10+ Stars Who Aren’t Shy About Revealing Their Struggles to Find Work

Positive work involvement can lead to happier home life. Troubles in this area, on the other hand, can do a lot of damage. The thing you have to always remember, though, is that the sun always comes out after the rain. And that telling someone about your challenges really helps you to avoid psychological distress.

Bright Side looked into the stories of actors who are no strangers to job struggles and decided to share their experiences.

1. Susan Sarandon

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Susan Sarandon started her career in the early 1970s and had to experience ageism: “I was told you were done by the time you’re 40.” “I’m still working, and there are tons of other women working around my age, and the main reason for that is female producers and female writers and directors, and people who are willing to try and get money for a female-driven story where all the characters are not 22.”

2. Rupert Grint

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Rupert Grint was thinking of becoming a carpenter after playing the beloved character Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films. “I’ve always toyed with the idea of walking away from acting and becoming a dad has increased those feelings.”

3. John Bradley

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John Bradley revealed that he had a crisis of confidence after his great performance in Game of Thrones. “Nobody seemed to want to take a chance on me.” “I wanted something different...” Luckily the perfect opportunity for a change soon presented itself. “I got a phone call from my agent and he says Jennifer Lopez is doing a film in New York and she wants you to play her manager.”

4. Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts had enormous success playing the lead in American Horror Story. Still, she admitted that she’s “...had a lot of failures as well as rejection. As an actor, it’s actually mostly rejection, but people think it’s mostly success because they only see your successes—the films that get made.”

5. Brendan Fraser

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Another way to get into career difficulties is by exerting yourself too much. Brendan Fraser said that he wrecked his body doing movie stunts and had to go through many surgeries. “I believe I was probably trying too hard, in a way that’s destructive.”

6. Megan Fox

“I was brought out and destroyed at one point.” “And then suddenly everybody’s like, ’Wait a second. We shouldn’t have done that,’” said Megan Fox about her career problems after she spoke openly about her experiences in the early 2010s. Nowadays, she’s come back like a phoenix.

7. John Krasinski

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John Krasinski was going to be a teacher but then decided to pursue his acting dream. It was harder than he expected. And if it weren’t for his mother’s support, he’d have given up just before he got his most well-known part. “I was like, ’So, I’m out. This is terrible. It’s so scary. This is the worst.’ And she said, ’Just wait ’til the end of the year. Don’t give up just yet.’ And 3 weeks later, I got The Office.”

8. Liz Gillies

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Liz Gillies had a certain idea after she was done working for Nickelodeon: “I was like, ’That was so much fun. People are going to be casting me so much right now. Let’s just sit by the phone.’” Surely it doesn’t work as easily as she’d hoped, and she spent some time waiting while playing “Sims” in her basement.

9. Paul Rudd

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Paul Rudd is a versatile and experienced actor. But he wasn’t always this successful. He shared a story from his struggling days: “I didn’t have much furniture. And I found a mattress out by the dumpster. And I thought, ’Sweet. Free mattress.’ I just took it up to my room, and then I slept on it. And then the next morning I woke up covered in red bumps.”

10. Gal Gadot

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Gal Gadot almost quit her acting career because of all the rejection. " I reached a place where I didn’t want to do that anymore. I was like, ’Why am I doing this?’ Hearing no, over and over, I was thinking, ’What am I good for?’ And that’s when I got Wonder Woman."

11. Jessica Alba

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Jessica Alba shared that early in her career she had trouble with getting roles: “They couldn’t figure out my ethnicity.” “I would always go out for ’exotic,’” said Alba, whose father is Mexican-American.
But she was set to change the game: “So I was more determined to be a leading lady to show that girls can look like me, and we can be leading ladies.”

Now she has lots of great roles under her belt and is a successful entrepreneur.

What was your dream career when you were a child? What do you do now?

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